Girnar Lili Parikrama from November 9th to 13th in Gujarat

Girnar Lili Parikrama from November 9th to 13th
By our correspondent
Junagadh, DeshGujarat, 7 November, 2008

Around one million Hindus will participate in Girnar’s anual Lili Parikrama(Green pradakshina or circumambulation). The 36-km parikrama will start from 9th of November and end on 13th. According to Gujarati Hindu calendar Parikrama starts from Kartik 11 to 15 every year.

Girnar the tallest mountain of Gujarat is 6 km. from Junagadh city. On an average, about 7 lakh devotees attend the parikrama but as Gir forest has a lush green look after good monsoon this year, it may attract one million devotees. In year 2003 Parikrama had attracted 1.2 million devotees.

According to popular belief, after winning the war at Kurukshetra, Pandavas had done the parikarma to seek God’s blessings.

As the stretch of the Parikrama passes through the forest, it is an adventurous trip for the youngsters. After the rainfall, the ponds and rivers are full of water adding to the scenic beauty of the forest and hills, so this year many more youngsters will participate in the Parikrama. Youngsters see it as solving a dual purpose. They complete a ritual as they enjoy the beauty of Gir forest.

Necessary arrangements have been made by Junagadh District Collectorate, police, forest department, health and water supplies department and other voluntary organisations to ensure smooth celebrations of the five-day Girnar Parikrama.

The Parikrama will commence from Girnar Taleti, night halt at Jinabava Madhi, Marvella and Bordevi and return to the starting point on the fifth day.

The forest department has put a ban on plastic bags and gutkha. Anyone found violating the ban will be fined, said forest department officials.Many voluntary organisations have also come forward to ensure uninterrupted water and food supply at regular intervals. Medical camps have also been arranged by the health department at various points.

The forest department has finished patching up roads on the 36-km stretch. Some 7 km (1/5 of the total route) of the parikrama route is more or less damaged due to heavy rains in late monsoon this year. The ground has been leveled and cactus and other wild plants have been removed from the roads.

According to popular belief, face of ‘Lord Shiva’, Emerging from Mountain Girnar(Photo)

Bhavnath Taleti of Girnar, DeshGujarat 7 November, 2008

This photograph of mount Girnar is very famous in Saurashtra. Specialty of this photograph is an identical horizontal side face of Lord Shiva that emerges in the scene of mountain Girnar.

At first look this photograph may seem like just another photograph of just another mountain. But if you look properly you would be amazed to notice it’s side face type of look. Face that resembles with the face of yogi that is popularly worshiped as Girnari Maharaj; a form of Lord Shiva in this area of Saurashtra.

Devotees believe this face as Lord Shiva’s face. Photograph above is real and without trick. Same photograph is presented vertically below in which you will be able to clearly notice a side face like shape.

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